Aug 2, 2016

Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor (Part 2) || Review with Giveaway

Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor

  by LUKE TAYLOR  

book review rating 4 out of 5

Albanland. Emerald hills and ice blue lochs, bordered by Nørds raiders and the haughty monarchs of South Angle, each dynasty eager to seize lands weakened by a civil war in which a usurper has risen to seize the cloven throne. Morgance, Faer Princess of the Night.

And by her side, the fearsome Ultan Skölhammer, sworn Guardian of the Crown.

But Rhoswen, rightful heir to the throne, princess in exile, leads a final uprising from the depths of the forest, an uprising that twists together the lives of the most unlikely companions.

A notorious thief accused of a crime she did not commit.

A baird apprentice searching for the meaning of life.

A pair of brothers who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

And a gypsy bound to the ancient artifact known only as the
Vault of Dreams.

Publication Date is July 31st 2016: Amazon | Goodreads

Dear Luke,

It’s my first time writing a review in the form of a letter. I simple didn’t want to write any review; I wanted to write a review to you. My single greatest regret is that I’m only rating Vault of Dreams 4 of 5. Yes, I’m horrible. But, I know that you’d want my honest review above all else, and I would give you nothing less than that.

Rare is it that I find myself so privileged to read an author’s work. You write with such beautiful and romantic prose, yet Vault of Dreams is still grounded with conflicts that mirror the depths and struggles of the harsh realities of life. The richness of your writing, though gorgeous, was challenging for me in that it reduces the story's momentum from building and distracts from the overall pacing.

That being said, the perk of very lyrical prose is obviously stunning world-building. Albandland is absolutely otherworldly. It’s atmospheric and haunting. With its misty lochs and ancient castles, Vault of Dreams was a majestic picture reminiscent of the lush Highlands.

With a total of eight characters to fall in love with, the extensive cast reminds me of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, which coincidentally is one of the authors that has influenced your writing. Having read both your and her book, I can definitely see the inspiration. I didn’t find any characters to be overly generalized, but rather thoughtful and well developed, and their interactions were dynamic and synergistic. My favorite character is Aerlyn O’Rye—the Thistle—a thorn, a heroine, and a thief. She is a standout character amongst this stellar cast. She is resilient in her conviction to do what is right “for the betterment of others.” That resolve in her character really resonates with me.

Readers will surely find companionship with perhaps Aerlyn, as I have, or her friends:

Ultan, Guardian of the Crown and a mythical hero;

Morgance, Faer Princess of the Night and usurper of the Crown;

Rhoswen, Princess of the Throne, Hier of the Crown of Albandland;

Nevan and Niles, two brothers with a penchant for trouble;

Quill, an insatiable apprentice;

And Finleigh, a gypsy with a deep connection to the Vault of Dreams.

(These names are lovely, Luke!)

Together, they are like a tapestry. Where one character’s thread may feel a bit loose, another will tighten it, resulting in an intricately woven story filled with tension, mystery, intrigue, and soul-searing romance.

I know you’ve poured your heart into writing this, and that is more than any reader can ask. The one thing I took away from this story is that vengeance is powerful, but forgiveness is godly—an idea that is so consuming. I would highly recommend this story to anyone. For, Vault of Dreams is an engrossing page-turner that climaxes with many heartbreaking twists. Thank you for taking me on this journey with you.

With deepest regards,
Lonna

{ I received this title in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }

 

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